Pyongyang Will ‘Inevitably Respond’ to South Korea’s New ‘Frankenmissile’

Saturday, September 9, 2017
By Paul Martin

Seoul plans to create a powerful new ‘Frankenmissile’ bunker-busting weapon capable of destroying North Korea’s underground military facilities, South Korean media has reported. Speaking to Sputnik, military analyst Vladimir Kozin said such a missile would affect the balance of forces in the region, and inevitably prompt a North Korean response.

Military sources have told the Korean Herald that the South Korean government is mulling the creation of a powerful ground-to-ground ballistic missile capable of striking anywhere in North Korea, carrying a payload of up to two tons of explosives. The weapon, known as the ‘Frankenmissile’, would be specifically designed to destroy North Korea’s vast network of underground facilities and command posts. News of its possible development comes a day after an agreement was reached between Washington and Seoul to scrap Washington’s 500 kg limit on South Korean missile warheads.

Asked to comment on this development, Vladimir Kozin, a professor at the Russian Academy of Military Sciences, told Radio Sputnik that the creation of this ‘Frankenmissile’ would only lead to a further escalation of tensions in the region.

“I don’t understand why it was necessary to ask only the US,” Kozin said. “The other 34 signatories of the Missile Technology Control regime, which prohibits the transfer and sale of ballistic missiles with a weight of over 500 kg, should have been asked as well,” he added.

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